Multiplayer fintech, and the muddled world of startup data – TechCrunch

There is always a fintech angle, Also on Valentine’s Day.

This week, I covered Zeta, a new startup working on joint finance for modern couples. The aim is to take away the work of a relationship money, from splitting bills at dinner to requesting rent through a payment app every month.

Co-founder Aditi Shakar gave me some notes about why Venmo’s ongoing popularity is valid for the company rather than the competition.

Here is what i learned:

The success of Zeta hinges on the idea that people want to share their finances in a consistent and meaningful way, and that the world of finance is ready to move from individualism to collectivism and vigorously. It sounds daunting, but we already know that social finance is big, as demonstrated by apps like Venmo and SplitWise, and events like Gamestop Saga just a few weeks ago.

Other startups have also taken notice, entering the world of multiplayer fintech, a term that classifies socially focused and consumer-friendly financial services. Brad, a group-financing platform, is trying to make transactions work for various entities from shared families to creative projects.

Money is emotional and complex, and the opportunity within multiplayer fintech represents just that. The next wave of products will be able to accelerate the comfort line for successful adoption, and cultural shift to successfully deliver a genuine collaborative cash experience.

(And if there’s not enough Valentine’s Day stuff for you, check here Another information about the new dating app for gamers) is.

In the rest of this newspaper, we’ll talk about the CEO’s new career path, our favorite startups from Techstars Demo Day and the latest SPACs you probably should know about. As always, you can find me on Twitter @Namas_ Or e-mail me at natasha.m@techcrunch.com. Want it in your inbox every week? Sign up Here.

Data on startup is terrible

Data about startups is helpful in understanding directional trends and how capital flows and changes over time. But as an asset class grows and becomes prickly in nearby documents, data can sometimes disappear a large part of what is actually happening on the scenes.

Here’s what Danny Crickton and Alex Wilhelm need to know: PSA: Most VC trend data is garbage And Are Safe Today’s Seeds unclear? There are two pieces that explain some of the reasons why the numbers may be flawed today. The good news is that the government is also in the dark about funding figures; The bad news is that without good tracking, we don’t know how progress is going.

etc: Shameless plug to tip us over you Safe drop, TechCrunch’s submission system for any news you consider important to share. You can remain anonymous.

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New CEO

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced weeks ago that he would be shifting to the role of an executive chairman and that AWS CEO Andy Jessie would take over as chief executive. In this analysis, our enterprise cloud reporter Ron Miller explores this question: Is the new way for the CEO to oversee cloud operations?

Find out here, according to Andrew Bartels, an analyst at Forrester Research:

“In both cases, these hyperscale business units of Microsoft and Amazon were the fastest growing and best performing units of the companies. [ … ] In both cases, cloud infrastructure was seen as a platform on top of which other cloud offers could be developed, ”said Bartels. Both companies believe that the leaders of these two growth engines were best suited to lead the company in the future.

etc: Ember names former Dyson Head as consumer CEO as startup goes beyond smart mug, And The British Challenger Bank, Monzo, which has 5 million customers, has recruited a new US CEO.

AWS CEO Andy Jessie and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella are

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Triple-hitter demo day

TechCrunch covered favorites from Techstars’ three demo days, which focused on Chicago, Boston and workforce development. Be sure to dig yourself into StartApps to form your opinion, but if you care about what we have, Here we finished what we did.

Here’s what you know: The reason I love Demo Day is because it is a fast way to understand what the next wave of startups and entrepreneurs are thinking. At this year’s Colleagues, we saw a specialized sneaker marketplace, flexible life insurance, and a part-time childcare platform that helps parents cover random gaps in their childcare schedules.

etc: Without desks and demo days, are accelerators worth it?

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Public markets soar

Archer Aviation, Electric aircraft startup targeting the urban air mobility market, Teaming up with United Airlines to become a publicly traded company, you guessed it is a SPAC.

Know here what is copy Kirsten Korosak, Our transport editor:

Public and United Airlines reached an agreement less than a year after Archer Aviation sneaked out. Archer was co-founded in 2018 by Adam Goldstein and Brett Adcock, who sold their software-as-a-service company Waitry to The Adecco Group for more than $ 100 million. The company’s primary base was Lore, which sold its company Jet.com to Walmart in 2016 for $ 3.3 billion. Lore was Walmart’s e-commerce head until January.

etc: Bumblebee price And IROKO of Nigeria have plans Go public on the london stock exchange.

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Softbank’s earnings always provide a critical insight into how the heavyweight is performing at Venture Capital (and Bonanza always comes with a healthy stake in content and memes). On equity this week, We can’t talk about it:

Of course, if SoftBank is not your jam, we had a whole host of other news about buying a salad robot from Reddit’s latest pick up to DoorDash. Listen here

Until next week,

N